RELOCATION to COWICHAN
Employment Opportunities and Resources
Traditionally most employment in the region was offered through the forest industry, and though forestry is still an important component of our economy, downturns have shifted the focus to non-resource dependent employment. Local entrepreneurs are developing new and unique industries, from cottage operations to multi national, high tech companies.
In 2007, the largest source of employment (25.9%) was in sales and service occupation, followed by trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations at 15.5% and finance and administration occupations at 14.1%.
Tourism is becoming the fastest growing economic sector. Agriculture (including agri-tourism and the burgeoning wine industry) and manufacturing are also extremely important to the region.
Several new big box stores have opened recently in the Duncan area . Wal-Mart Supercentre, boasting more than 170,000 square feet, and employing more than 400 people, and Rona, employing over 100, plus the largest Canadian Tire in BC, opened in 2008 and 2009 respectively, at the new Cowichan Commons Mall. Home Depot arrived shortly after. London Drugs opened in September of 2009, in 70,000 sq ft of retail space at the south entrance to the City. Both locations feature smaller retail operations and food services new to the area. Positions in the retail and hospitality sectors are abundant.
Whether you are seeking new employment, an upgrade in your employment status, or have decided to become self-employed, there are several resources and programs to assist you. Check out the Business Resources page or call the Chamber at 250-748-1111 for assistance.